Bookshelf Porn

I was thinking about books today–how I love to hold them and turn their pages, how I love to write inside them interacting with the author, how I love to sit in that intimate space beneath the stairs and read. I also am intrigued by the look and feel of all of our books together in our library. There is a sense of disorder but also vitality in their stackings, pilings, and shelving. I like to peruse them, sort them, reacquaint myself with them.

In Toledo, where I grew up, there was a library a few blocks from our house. I remember deciding one day that I was going to read every book in it and in order. Of course, I don’t think I made it very far, but there was something alluring about all the potential adventures on those shelves and something that compelled me to want to have it all. Just sitting in that neighborhood library put me in awe of imaginative possibilities.

Stumbling across Bookshelf Porn was like being back in my West Toledo library. This website describes itself as a “photoblog collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people who *heart* bookshelves.” The photos also demonstrate inspiring and provocative, magical and stirring images of how people who love their books, live with their books.

Karl Lagerfeld’s books cover every wall of his studio from the ground, up two stories, to the skylights. Plus he owns the bookstore that is right next door--posted Oct. 28 2o1o on Bookshelf Porn.

posted Oct. 21 2010 on Bookshelf Porn

posted August 19 2009 on Bookshelf Porn

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5 Responses to Bookshelf Porn

  1. JEROME BLOOM says:

    AFTER 25 and MORE YEARS

    LIVING WITH YOU

    I’VE YET TO FIGURE OUT

    YOUR SYSTEM

    OF SORTING STORING

    OUR BOOKS

    LOVING EVERY

    MOMENT OF

    THE SEARCH

    AND

    ADVENTURE

  2. Mrs. Chili says:

    For all the things that we changed with the addition we built to our house, I love the combination dining room/library the most.

  3. A house without bookshelves is like a body without a heart.

  4. Pingback: ¿Amas comprar libros? Podrías padecer de Tsundoku | CZAAL

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